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China widens clampdown on overseas listings with pre-IPO review of firms with large user data

China widens clampdown on overseas listings with pre-IPO review of firms with large user data

A sign above an office of the Cyberspace Administration of China is seen in Beijing, China, Jul 8, 2021. (Photo: REUTERS/Thomas Peter)

SHANGHAI: China's cyberspace regulator said on Saturday (Jul 10) any company with data for more than 1 million users must undergo a security review before listing its shares overseas, broadening a clampdown on its large "platform economy".

The security review will put a focus on risks of data being affected, controlled or manipulated by foreign governments after overseas listings, said the Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC).

China's cyberspace regulators are imposing tighter restrictions on data collection and data storage, while authorities more broadly are pushing for companies to list domestically.

READ: Explainer - What is driving China's clampdown on Didi and data security?

Saturday's announcement will also require firms to submit the initial public offering materials they plan to file for review. The CAC is seeking public opinion on the rules.

The notice comes after Chinese authorities launched a probe of ride-hailing giant Didi Global for allegedly violating user privacy, just days after its listing in New York.

Didi's shares plunged 20 per cent on news of the probe, and the company said its revenue would be affected.

Source: Reuters/dv

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